Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Elite science fair shows what's possible outside classroom

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair shows off mind-blowing teenage experiments. Officials said kids aren't learning this stuff in class.

UC Irvine to use Google Glass throughout medical school

UC Irvine's medical school announced it'll start using 40 Google Glass devices this year in everything from anatomy classes to teaching surgical techniques.

Gov. Brown proposes another $242m for schools

Among the added spending in the "May revise" is nearly $30 million to improve computer networks at Califoria schools for standardized testing.

Years after state takeover, Inglewood schools still in the red

Inglewood Unified's state-appointed trustee said he has no choice but to make cuts to fix the district's finances. Opponents says he's hurting schools.

English learners mainstreamed in elementary school do best

One out of four public school students in the state is an English learner. New study shows those put in regular classes by 5th grade have better graduation rates.

LA, Long Beach schools want longer federal exemption

They're among seven California districts asking for a longer exemption to penalties under No Child Left Behind. No other California districts are exempt.

California dropout rates dip for third year

Officials said public schools are increasingly focusing on dropout data, and that's pushing teachers and principals to find ways to improve graduation rates.

USC Shoah Foundation inaugurates genocide studies center

The Center for Advanced Genocide Research will host an inaugural conference in November focusing on the film Schindler's List.

This man wants to change teaching in California

Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch is funding a lawsuit seeking to dismantle teacher protections in California, claiming they hurt kids. What's in it for him?

UC Riverside to expand faculty by nearly half in 5 years

UC Riverside is planning to expand faculty by more than 40 percent to position the campus as the principal research engine in the Inland Empire.

You've heard of a selfie, but what about a 'shelfie'?

The Commerce Library's contest seeks to rebrand libraries as useful for people of all ages. You do know what a "shelfie" is, don't you?

Report: California community college completion rates down

Many community colleges are struggling with completion rates. The state average is 48 percent. Southern California colleges range from 61 to 31 percent.

Charter schools win grants to improve kids' health

ICEF charter school group won a $845,000 federal grant. It'll use it to teach healthy eating and track student health indicators.

Lots of problems as new California testing gains steam

More than 600 teachers call the California Department of Education every day asking for help with the new computer-based standardized tests.

New teacher dismissal bill could succeed where others failed

If approved in Sacramento, a new bill would speed the process for removing teachers accused of sexual abuse, child abuse and some drug crimes.